Im­prove­ments for Shel­burne ex­hi­bi­tion grounds

First ox haul, horse pull May 12, 13

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With com­mu­nity sup­port and the vol­un­teer ef­forts of the Shel­burne County Agri­cul­tural Ex­hi­bi­tion Com­mit­tee and the South West­ern Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, im­prove­ments are in the works for the Shel­burne ex­hi­bi­tion grounds as the two groups get ready for what prom­ises to be a busy sea­son.

A new roof for the light horse barn, en­larg­ing the light horse rid­ing ring to the stan­dard size, and build­ing more stalls to ac­com­mo­date the in­flux of horses and rid­ers ex­pected this sea­son are on the to-do list, says Bil­lie Buchanan, vice-pres­i­dent for the South West­ern Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

“The light horse barn is in dire need of a roof­ing job,” said Buchanan. “I have been ask­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers to do­nate shin­gles to help with the cost of this large job. Shel­burne Wood­work­ers was the first to re­spond with a do­na­tion of 25 bun­dles. Shel­burne Steve­dores fol­lowed in with an­other 25 bun­dles.

“With the help from the com­mu­nity we have reached a to­tal of 105 bun­dles do­nated. We still need ap­prox­i­mately 70 bun­dles but I be­lieve we will reach our goal,” Buchanan said. “If any­one is in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing for this project they can stop into Wood­work­ers and they will gladly help them out. We will also be in need of work­ers to help with the shin­gling job. We are reach­ing out to some lo­cal con­trac­tors with hopes that they will step in and help us out.”

Buchanan said the South West­ern Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has also re­ceived a $ 1,000 do­na­tion from Clearwater Seafoods to help with im­prove­ments to the rid­ing ring, and do­na­tions of lum­ber from Richard Har­ris to help with some barn up­grades, in­clud­ing more stalls. Ex­hi­bi­tion com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Nick Ste­wart “has been a great sup­porter and has also put a lot of time into mak­ing this hap­pen,” Buchanan said.

Har­low’s Con­struc­tion is do- nat­ing a dump box for the shin­gle re­moval.

The South West­ern Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is a lo­cal horse rid­ing club. In ad­di­tion to hold­ing eight to 10 clin­ics ev­ery year, they also host a light horse pro­gram for Ex­hi­bi­tion Week (Aug. 7-11).

“The South West­ern Rid­ers have a full sched­ule this sum­mer,” Buchanan said, with lots of clin­ics and shows planned, in­clud­ing the West­ern Shore Bar­rel Racers, who will be putting on a show June 23 and 24, and again dur­ing the Shel­burne County Ex­hi­bi­tion on Aug 10 and 11.

This year marks 142 years for the Shel­burne County Ex­hi­bi­tion. The com­mit­tee is a non- profit vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­ceives “tremen­dous sup­port” from the com­mu­nity, says Buchanan. In ad­di­tion to ox hauls, horse pulls, mud runs for both ATVs and trucks, this year the ex­hi­bi­tion com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing hav­ing an event for gas-pow­ered re­mote-con­trolled trucks.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to come to our events through­out the year,” said Buchanan, not­ing the first ox haul is May 12, fol­lowed by the first horse pull May 13. Can­teen ser­vices will be avail­able.

Mean­while, plans are well un­der­way for this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion. The theme for this year’s an­nual pa­rade is: What’s your fa­vorite movie?

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to en­ter their gar­den veg­eta­bles, arts, crafts and bak­ing again this year for the Coun­try Kitchen,” said Buchanan.

“Ven­dors for the arena are al­ways wel­come. We will have lo­cal mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment that will be play­ing out­side on the grounds this year,” she said, as well as en­ter­tain­ment in the arena, in­clud­ing karaoke night and the queen pageants. If any­one would like to vol­un­teer to help with any these events or en­ter as a ven­dor, they are asked to con­tact ex­hi­bi­tion man­ager Karen Cox.

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